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Japan PM Suga sets 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday set a 2050 deadline for the world's third-largest economy to become carbon neutral, significantly firming up the country's climate change commitments.

Britain signs post-Brexit trade deal with Japan

Apo - Britain hailed its first major post-Brexit trade deal Friday after signing an agreement with Japan that it said shows it can stand alone on the global stage, as talks on a pact with the European Union remain bogged down.

Japan PM Suga sends offering to controversial war shrine

Apo - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga sent a ritual offering Saturday to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, which is seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of the nation's past militarism, especially during World War II.

Japan to release treated Fukushima water into sea: reports

Apo - Japan will release more than a million tonnes of treated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in a decades-long operation, reports said Friday, despite strong opposition from local fishermen.

Peru's Machu Picchu reopens... for one Japanese tourist

- Peru's best-known tourist site Machu Picchu has opened after months of coronavirus closure, but for just a single visitor -- a Japanese man stranded in the country by the pandemic.

'LGBTQ landmark': Tokyo opens Olympics Pride House

Apo - Tokyo on Sunday opened its first major community hub for LGBTQ people, part of a pre-Olympics project that campaigners hope will tackle stigma and raise awareness of discrimination.

Pompeo slams China's 'malign activity' as he meets Asian allies

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tuesday of Beijing's "malign activity in the region" as he met with key Asia-Pacific allies in Tokyo, presenting a united front against an increasingly assertive China.

Pompeo meets Asian 'Quad' allies in Tokyo with eyes on China

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks on Tuesday with key Asia-Pacific allies in Tokyo, presenting a united front on the regional challenge posed by an increasingly assertive China.

Japan mourns fashion designer Kenzo Takada

Apo - Japanese fashion lovers, politicians and friends of Kenzo Takada paid tribute to the designer on Monday after he died in Paris aged 81 having contracted coronavirus.

Kenzo Takada, first Japanese designer to conquer Paris fashion, dies aged 81

Paris - Japan's most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the global Kenzo brand, died in the French capital on Sunday aged 81 after contracting coronavirus.

Pompeo to cut short Asia visit amid Trump hospitalization

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will cut short his trip to Asia this week, a department spokeswoman said Saturday, visiting Japan but skipping planned stops to South Korea and Mongolia.

Japan's military seeks record $52 bn budget

Apo - Japan's defence ministry on Wednesday unveiled a record $52-billion budget request in a push to maintain military readiness under pressure from China and North Korea.

Japan 'Twitter killer' victims consented to death, lawyers argue

Apo - A Japanese man dubbed the "Twitter killer" for luring his victims on social media admitted in court Wednesday to murdering nine people, local media said.

Pompeo due in Asia for talks on China, N.Korea

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head next week to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia, the State Department said Tuesday, on a trip expected to focus heavily on China and North Korea.

Japan Airlines embraces gender neutral greetings

Apo - Japan Airlines is ditching the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" and instead embracing gender neutral terms during in-flight and airport announcements from next month, the company said Monday.

Japan government warns on suicide after death of actress

Apo - Japan's government Monday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following the death at the weekend of a popular actress.

Sri Lanka scraps $1.5bn Japan-funded light rail system

Colombo - Sri Lanka's president has ordered the termination of a $1.5-billion Japanese-funded light rail project, saying it is not a "cost-effective solution" for the congested capital Colombo, officials said Thursday.

Mauritius takes stock of oil spill two months later

Nairobi - On July 25, a cargo ship loaded with thousands of tonnes of fuel ran aground off Mauritius, leading to the worst environmental disaster ever witnessed in the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago.

Japan may ease virus entry restrictions next month: reports

Apo - Japan is considering easing strict coronavirus border restrictions from October to allow more foreign nationals to enter, local media reported Wednesday.

Pandemic offers Tokyo Game Show a chance for reinvention

Apo - Once a premier industry event, Tokyo Game Show has been increasingly overshadowed by global competitors in recent years. But as the pandemic forces it online, some see a chance for reinvention.

Complaints overwhelm Japan red-tape hotline hours after launch

Apo - Just nine hours after Japan's new minister for administrative reform launched an online system for reporting excessive bureaucracy and red tape, it hit a snag: too many complaints.

Super Mario, Trump buddy: remembering the Abe era

Apo - Shinzo Abe resigned Wednesday as Japan's longest-serving prime minister, ending a tenure studded with headline-grabbing moments, from a turn as Super Mario to a controversial shrine visit that sparked regional anger.

Japan's new PM Suga pledges to tackle virus, kickstart economy

Apo - Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Wednesday to keep coronavirus infections under control and kickstart an economy in recession, as Shinzo Abe left office after a record-breaking tenure.

Former Ghosn aide Greg Kelly pleads not guilty as trial opens

Apo - Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to allegations of financial misconduct as his trial began in Tokyo.

Greg Kelly, former aide to Nissan's Ghosn, goes on trial

Apo - The lengthy saga of ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn takes a new turn Tuesday when the auto titan-turned-fugitive's former aide Greg Kelly goes on trial in Tokyo.

Japan ruling party elects Yoshihide Suga as PM successor

Apo - Japan's ruling party on Monday elected chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga as its new leader, making him all but certain to replace Shinzo Abe as the country's next prime minister.

Yoshihide Suga wins party vote, becoming likely next Japan PM

Apo - Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga is set to become the country's next prime minister after the ruling party on Monday elected him successor to outgoing leader Shinzo Abe.

Mauritius oil spill ship operator to pay $9.4 million

Apo - The Japanese operator of a ship that leaked oil off the Mauritius coast pledged Friday to pay at least $9.4 million to help restore areas affected by the spill.

I can see loo: Tokyo park gets transparent toilets

Apo - Spacious, clean, and almost completely see-through, an unusual new public toilet block has been built in a Tokyo park -- but thankfully, the walls turn opaque when you lock the door.

Japan ruling party launches race for Abe's successor

Apo - Japan's ruling party on Tuesday kicked off the race to pick Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's successor, with his powerful right-hand man Yoshihide Suga commanding an all-but-insurmountable lead.
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